May 2019 Issue

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Introducing SNIA’s New Educational Library  

SNIA just made finding and accessing our educational, vendor-neutral content a lot easier! Introducing the SNIA Educational Library, a database of nearly 700 (and growing!) SNIA content assets, including presentations, white papers, tutorials, webcasts and technical specifications. The library makes searching for relevant content simple. You can keyword search or filter by technology topic, content type, event, presenter name or company, and publication date. Archived content will continue to be added over the coming months. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us.
Check out the SNIA Educational Library

Windows PowerShell Toolkit for SNIA Swordfish™

Microsoft designed Windows PowerShell as a tool to help automate and quickly solve a lot of tedious administration tasks. It was meant to replace the Command Prompt, as it delivers more power and control over the Windows operating system.
PowerShell is now an open source project, and Chris Lionetti, HPE and SNIA Board Member, and Rob Barker “Barkz”, Pure Storage and SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI) Governing Board Member, have developed a PowerShell Toolkit for SNIA Swordfish™ that provides a basic framework for querying resources from Swordfish implementations, including the SNIA Swordfish API Emulator.

SNIA Swordfish is designed to integrate with the technologies used in cloud data center environments and can be used to accomplish a broad range of storage management tasks from the simple to the advanced. If you’re looking for a scalable way to automate business-critical storage management tasks, learn how to use the SNIA Swordfish PowerShell Module on GitHub here. It can be used with Microsoft Windows, Windows Server, macOS or Linux platforms.
Remember: your one stop shop for everything SNIA Swordfish is

Learn More About Computational Storage - a New Paradigm of Computer Architecture

The industry is seeing a massive increase in customer data size which is preventing real-time analysis using existing architectures. This requires a need to move compute closer to traditional storage devices and systems.
As part of their mission to educate the industry on significant changes in computer architectures, the Persistent Memory and NVDIMM Special Interest Group invites all SNIA members to an open call to learn more about computational storage - a new work area in SNIA.

Computational storage solutions provide a set of new storage-protocol based products typically targeting applications where traditional compute server architectures are not able to deal with massive data movement. 
Join our open conference call on Friday, May 10th at 9:00 am PT to hear Scott Shadley, Co-Chair of the TWG, discuss facilitating the use of computational storage in mainstream application environments.

Open Call on Computational Storage Details:
When:  Friday, May 10, 2019, 9:00 am PT/12:00 noon ET
WebEx: no password required.
Phone:  1-415-655-0002 passcode 802 286 942#

SDC 2019 Call for Presentations Deadline – May 10, 2019

Don’t miss your opportunity to gain exposure to the work you are doing by speaking at SDC 2019. Share your knowledge and experience by submitting a proposal for consideration. The deadline to submit is May 10th.
View list of topics and submission details
In Memoriam

Remembering Al Zmyslowski

SNIA colleagues and friends were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of fellow SNIA member Allan Zmyslowski on March 28, 2019. Known affectionately as “Al Z,” he was a valued volunteer at SNIA who served on the SNIA Board of Directors for over 10 years, including roles as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee.
“Al Z was a good friend, a valued colleague, and a steadying influence on the SNIA Board of Directors,” said David Dale, SNIA Board of Directors Chairman. “He could always be relied on to bring clarity to any discussion and offer a balanced opinion that enabled individuals with diverse views to move forward together. Losing him is like losing a much-loved member of the family. He will be fondly remembered for a long time.”
Read more about Al’s career and contributions to SNIA.
SNIA is pleased to welcome the following new members:  

FADU joined SNIA and the Solid State Storage Initiative.

SiliconMotion joined SFF and the Solid State Storage Initiative.

Tibit Communications joined SFF.
Check out the top reasons to join SNIA in our Membership Infographic and see the full list of SNIA Members here.
Featured Video

NVMe™/TCP is Here for All Your Hyperscale Storage Needs

By Roy Shterman, Lightbits Labs
Featured Blogs

Got Questions?

We’ve got answers in these recent Q&A blogs.

Featured Podcast

Redfish Ecosystem Update

by Jeff Hilland, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Featured Events

Massive Storage Systems and Technology 

Join SNIA at the 35th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST), May 20-24, 2019, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.
SNIA will exhibit information on their Technology Focus Areas of persistent memory, physical storage, and next generation data centers.  Mark Carlson, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair, will speak on Changing Storage Architecture Will Require New Standards, and Rob Peglar, SNIA Board Member, will speak on The Future of Storage Systems - A Dangerous Opportunity.  

Storage Developer Conference India

Join SNIA for their 4th annual Storage Developer Conference (SDC) India featuring, two days of presentations on leading technology topics, including cloud, emerging storage technology and standards, NVMe, and next generation ecosystem technologies.  Michael Oros, SNIA Executive Director, will deliver an industry update on persistent memory and computational storage. 
Important note: The venue for SDC India has changed and will now be held at the Conrad Hotel Bangalore. Delegate tickets that state the Ritz Carlton will be valid for the new venue.  
View registration and more details here

SNIA Event at COMPUTEX Taipei –
May 28 – June 1

SNIA will be at COMPUTEX in Taipei May 28 – June 1, 2019. A special SNIA industry standards, collaboration, and vision of the future event co-sponsored by TAITRA will be held with honored guests and executives of industry companies on Thursday, May 30th at the World Trade Center Club. If you are an industry executive or wish to have your company’s executive invited to participate at the event, please e-mail to be added to the invitation list.
Upcoming Webcasts

Kubernetes in the Cloud
May 2, 2019
Matt Baldwin, NetApp; Ingo Fuchs, NetApp; Mike Jochimsen, Kaminario
Kubernetes (k8s) is an open-source system for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes promises simplified management of cloud workloads at scale, whether on-premises, hybrid, or in a public cloud infrastructure, allowing effortless movement of workloads from cloud to cloud.

In this presentation, we’ll introduce Kubernetes and present use cases that make clear where and why you would want to use it in your IT environment. We’ll also focus on the enterprise requirements of orchestration and containerization, and specifically on the storage aspects and best practices, discussing:  

  • What is Kubernetes? Why would you want to use it?
  • How does Kubernetes help in a multi-cloud/private cloud environment?
  • How does Kubernetes orchestrate & manage storage? Can Kubernetes use Docker? 
  • How do we provide persistence and data protection?
  • Example use cases
Everything You Wanted to Know about Storage But Were Too Proud to Ask - The Memory Pod
May 16, 2019
Alan Bumgarner, Intel; Alex McDonald, NetApp; John Kim, Mellanox
Memory and storage differ. But the lines are blurring as new memory technologies are challenging the way we build and use storage to meet application demands. New memory technologies look like storage in that they’re persistent, if a lot faster than traditional disks or even Flash based SSDs, but we address them in bytes, as we do memory like DRAM, if more slowly. Persistent memory (PM) lies between storage and memory in latency, bandwidth and cost, while providing memory semantics and storage persistence. In this webcast, SNIA experts will discuss:
  • Traditional uses of storage and memory as a cache
  • How can we build and use systems based on PM?
  • Persistent memory over a network
  • Do we need a new programming model to take advantage of PM?
  • Interesting use cases for systems equipped with PM
  • How we might take better advantage of this new technology
New Landscape of Network Speeds
May 21, 2019
David Chalupsky, Intel; Craig Carlson, Marvell; Peter Onufryck, Microchip; John Kim, Mellanox

In the short period from 2014-2018, Ethernet equipment vendors have announced big increases in line speeds, shipping 25, 50, and 100 Gigabits-per -second (Gb/s) speeds and announcing 200/400 Gb/s. At the same time, FibreChannel vendors have launched 32GFC, 64GFC and 128GFC technology while InfiniBand has reached 200Gb/s (called HDR) speeds. 

But who exactly is asking for these faster new networking speeds, and how will they use them? Are there servers, storage, and applications that can make good use of them? How are these new speeds achieved? Are new types of signaling, cables and transceivers required? How will changes in PCIe standards keep up? And do the faster speeds come with different distance limitations? 

Find out how these new speeds are achieved, where they are likely to be deployed for storage, and what infrastructure changes are needed to support them
Introduction to Incast, Head of Line Blocking, and Congestion Management
June 18, 2019
Howard Johnson, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco; Tim Lustig, Mellanox

For a long time, the architecture and best practices of storage networks have been relatively well-understood. Recently, however, advanced capabilities have been added to storage that could have broader impacts on networks than we think.

The three main storage network transports - Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and InfiniBand – all have mechanisms to handle increased traffic, but they are not all affected or implemented the same way. As more storage traffic traverses the network, there is a risk of congestion leading to higher-than-expected latencies and lower-than expected throughput. This webcast will cover:
  • Typical storage traffic patterns
  • What is Incast, what is head of line blocking, what is congestion, what is a slow drain, and when do these become problems on a network?
  • How Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand handle these effects
  • The proper role of buffers in handling storage network traffic
  • Potential new ways to handle increasing storage traffic loads on the network
Find SNIA at these Events

Open Data Autonomy Mini Summit by OpenSDS – Barcelona, Spain – May 20, 2019
Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST) – Santa Clara, CA – May 20-24, 2019
SDC India - Bangalore, India – May 23-24, 2019
COMPUTEX – Taipei, Taiwan – May 28 – June 1, 2019
SNIA July Technical Symposium – Portland, OR – July 22-26, 2019
Pure Storage Accelerate – Austin, TX – September 15-18, 2019
Storage Developer Conference – Santa Clara, CA – September 23-26, 2019

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